AA Architectural Association
Beyond Entropy / When Energy Becomes Form
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi R√∂nnskog (Territorial Agency), Amanda Chatten, Nina Canell
Life is structured in many of its most complex forms around the chemical processes of metabolism.
The form-generating processes that shape and define life in its primary traits are transformations of the chemical energy of the covalent
bonds of carbon-based molecules present in the atmosphere. While photosynthesis transforms this energy into forests,
metabolism transforms food into complex living organisms. The research project on the form-generating processes
linked to chemical energy sets out to investigate the transformations of contemporary human environments through an
analysis of their material configurations within complex chains of food and energy production and distribution, at the
territorial and at the individual level.
Today, human life is reshaping and moulding these processes at an unprecedented scale, transforming and recasting
environments within a set of circulations that are often as invisible as the chemical energy transformations that underlie
them. The growth of urban environments and the reshaping of vast territories through new system of control and
infrastructure is directly changing the way we conceive of our spaces of operation. A large polyptych will present a series
of local spatial transformations in one of the regions of the planet most sensitive to changes in the atmosphere: the
North. The spatial transformations at the northern latitudes reveal in an unprecedented manner the sweeping changes in
the architecture of contemporary inhabited territories.
On the tangents of the material and immaterial world, this lingering reverie will be precisely presented in the form of
an enclosed object in which the oxygen level has been slightly raised by an increase of 5 percent.
Furthermore, to¬†exemplify the nature and symmetry of chemical energy at a microscopic scale, Dr. Amanda Chatten is collaborating with
Prof. Henry Rzepa who has developed a method to explore the Laplacian in 3D. In quantum mechanics the Laplacian
is central to the energy term of the Schr√∂dinger equation and when visualized it provides a unique insight into the form
of chemical energy and chemical reactivity. The dichotomy of the contained nature of this sublimated ‚Äònothingness‚Äô
functions as an antidote to the elemental imagination of air in relation to movement (as well as energy and entropy for
that matter). As so eloquently proposed by Gaston Bachelard in Air and Dreams: ‚Äú‚Ä¶(poetic) images of air, the least
solid of the elements, reveal a fundamental dynamic imagination that shapes our very perception of reality‚Äù. This is true,
perhaps in the most direct sense, in the intimate but complex act of breathing itself.
To coincide with this presentation Robin Watkins will stage a sound screening of The Luminiferous Aether: ELF/VLF
recordings of the Solar Wind, recorded in the Arctic Circle (Alaska), and transmitted to the audience via radio waves.
In quantum mechanics the Laplacian represents the kinetic energy term of the Schr√∂dinger equation. When visualised it
provides a unique insight into the form of chemical energy and chemical reactivity.